I noticed that the earlier I get up, the better I feel and the more I do.
In the beginning, it was very difficult to rearrange your daily routine - a habit, as you know, is second nature. I'm used to going to bed when I feel like it and getting up at 7-8 in the morning. On weekends, naturally, I went to bed later and got up later.
Once I decided to try to get up every day at 5 in the morning for a month and realized that it was healthier, healthier and more productive. Of course, it is very difficult to get up at 5 in the morning if you do not know how to do it correctly. Everything requires a competent strategy.
There are two main approaches to sleep. The first approach is to always fall asleep and wake up at the same time.
Proponents of the second approach believe that you need to listen to your body and go to bed and wake up when you want. They are sure that our body itself knows how much time it needs to sleep.
Through trial and error, I have come to the conclusion that both of these approaches are not 100% optimal for me. As we have said many times, the choice of approach depends on the goal. My goal is to be as productive as possible throughout the day, feeling harmony, balance and happiness.
If you try to go to bed at the same time, you will often have to go to bed even when you absolutely do not want to. Each of our days is absolutely different from other days, which means that the needs for sleep and rest are completely different. Therefore, it is not at all necessary to tune yourself to the fact that the dream should always last the same time. It seems to me that if you are unable to fall asleep within the first 5 minutes, it means going to bed too early.
If you follow the second approach, that is, I sleep as much as I want, then almost certainly you will sleep from 8 to 10 hours, and this is absolutely a waste of precious time. Although, if there is no big goal in life, you can sleep 12-15 hours a day.
The less meaning in a person's life, the more time he sleeps. This is evidently because real life takes place in the waking moment. If a person does not see the point in feeling vigorous and focused, then sleep takes on more meaning for him.
For myself, I found, as it seems to me, the optimal solution - to combine these two approaches: I go to bed only when I really want to and wake up all 7 days a week at the same time. The body itself senses when it is time for it to rest, while I wake up no later than 5 in the morning.
In the evening I trust my body more than my mind, and in the morning everything happens the other way around - the mind takes over the body. At night, the body is disconnected from everything human and plunges into an animal unconscious state, therefore, when the alarm clock rings at 5 am, I don’t listen to my body, because I don’t trust it. But in the evening, when I am fully conscious and the body requires sleep, I treat him with respect and do what he asks. Sometimes I go to bed at 9:30 pm, sometimes I work productively until 24:00, but on average I go to bed at 10:30 pm. I usually fall asleep while reading a book - my eyes just close by themselves.
I put the alarm clock away from the bed, then you have to get up to turn it off. Usually, in the first 5 minutes after sleep, there is a struggle inside me between the mind and the body, which wants to return back to the unconscious state of complete relaxation and bliss. Then the sleepiness disappears and pride appears in your first victory in a new day. Very often, immediately after waking up, I read something positive and inspiring for 5-10 minutes - this allows me to stretch my mind, heart and soul.
Now I sleep about 1, 5 hours less than I slept before, and at the same time I feel much better, more vigorous, livelier and more energetic. If we assume that the work week lasts on average 40 hours, then 1.5 hours each day is an additional 14 working weeks per year! On the other hand, if we assume that a person is awake 18 hours a day, we get an extra month a year! And if you take a 10-year perspective, you get almost a whole year of life!
Now draw your conclusions. Whoever is informed is armed. It is better to know than not to know. Easy to do but even easier not to do. This is our freedom - to do or not to do, to know or not to know.